Monday, July 5, 2010

Mojo Chicken Wings

One of my favorite cuisines is Cuban. I love their use of tropical ingredients, signature flavors and how perfect it is to enjoy during the summer. A popular marinade and condiment in Cuban cuisine is mojo, which consists of citrus juices and garlic. For our recent Latin inspired Independence day party, I knew Cuban cuisine would have to be included. As a result, I made these Mojo Chicken Wings which were a hit!...

This recipe is yet another simple one that can be made in advance. Ingredients are blended into a puree, olive oil is added and then chicken is left to marinate in the mixture. What makes this marinade so delicious is the use of both orange and lime juice, along with quite a bit of garlic. If you wanted a little bit of heat, you can add Tabasco sauce to your desired taste.



Mojo Chicken Wings
recipe adapted from AllRecipes


4 pounds chicken wings or drummettes
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
a few dashes of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco) - optional
1 cup olive oil

Pulse the garlic and onion in a blender until very finely chopped. Pour in orange juice, lime juice; season with cumin, oregano, lemon-pepper, black pepper, salt, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce. Blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour in the olive oil, and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a gallon sized freezer bag. Add the chicken and seal. Chill overnight for flavors to meld.


To cook, preheat your grill and grill until juices run clear. Alternately, you can bake the chicken in a 350 degree oven for 250 30 minutes, or until juices run clear.